Tesfa, the Twin – ‘The Twin’

Brooklyn artist TESFA, THE TWIN releases a self-titled project titled ‘The Twin’showcasing his highly unique lyrical style over his crafted production. TESFA produces majority of the project with assistance from SAVIOUR, Ghost N Ghoul, Chemist, WTCHCRFT, and Kodyak. ‘The Twin’ has received placement on Bluntiq,
DailyChiefers,MusicOnTheDot, WeStayChill, Bound2HipHop, MixtapeMonkey, PreciseEarz and more. TESFA. THE TWIN has been featured on on TooGoodForRadio, BLKDMINDS as well as winning HotNewHipHop.com’s HeatSeeker competition.

Syntax + Liggy (L.I.F.E. Long) + Elohemstar – “Dark”

New York City music imprint cocoonmovements presents “Dark,” the first leak off the “Caterpillar Steps” compilation album (slated to drop in 2015). The single features the Cocoon’s caterpillars Syntax, Liggy (L.I.F.E. Long) and Elohemstar on the vocals, along with French producer Fatra Beats on the boards. Lookout for the compilation dropping in 2015 via cocoonmovements, along with the upcoming Elohemstar LP “LW2AC (Lone Wolf 2 Abandoned Cub).” Syntax’s debut solo album “Dialog’a’Rhythmic” is out now! Plus the FREE stream/download of the cocoonmovements presents… “Stages Of The Pupa” digi-tape.

*Written & Performed by Syntax, Liggy & Elohemstar
*Produced by Fatra Beats • Directed & Edited by The God Ali

Carasel – The Moment #Video @AftRecords @ParkStreetPR @RecreoUK @carasel @_blacksmith @ded_tebiase @jmanofficial1


Fresh out of Bristol, the Ambush Family Tree are back. Always staying fiercely independent, AFT have been smashing it with the D&B recently & has found some of the hottest underground music to surface in recent months gaining a steady reputation for quality output ‘The Moment’ showcases another Branch of the tree, Hip-Hop, as they go back to their roots with some sharp vocally driven boom bap that drops us straight back in the 90’s.

AFT004 sees Carasel effortlessly ride the Ded Tebiase production ably assisted by the razor sharp flows of Blacksmith & Jman. The track comes with not only an instrumental and an acapella, but also with a clean radio edit to make sure all your DJ needs are covered. Carasel who is well known in D&B circles for hosting major festivals and club nights with the likes of TC & Sigma released his debut Hip-Hop project in 2012 ‘Progression’ and went on to tour the music across Europe under the ‘Carasel Live’ guise, since that debut he has had a steady stream of releases on a varied soundscape of BPM’s and Tempos on a variety of labels including Hospital, Formation & Audioclone. The Moment returns him to the essence of classic sounding Hip-Hop, scratched hooks and sharp rhymes that show how he hasn’t forgotten his influences & show the power, strength & versatility of Carasel as a writer and emcee.

The way Ded Tebiase flips up the sample and adds the cuts is crazy and we dare you to try and not nod your head to the solid production and rhyme patterns as Blacksmith kicks of the track with a solid 16 and Jman one of UK Hip Hops most celebrated MCs shuts down the tune and shows why his 2014 album Auronography has led him to touring the world this year. This is music from the soul, expressed as it should be, with passion and integrity. The acapella on the flip is a rare and welcome addition these days & works just as well in the mix as the full version, giving the possibility of dropping the vocals in any mix you like, to quote Carasel ‘Different flows for different shows different tempos of drums’. The Family tree is growing the roots are going deeper than ever before, every new branch seems to come with something fresh and exciting and we can’t wait for the next ‘Moment’.

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AFT Records & Recreo Present ‘False Promise’ Release Party…

AFT release party arrives on the 14th November. Stanza’s upcoming EP titled ‘False Promise’ is eagerly anticipated so we have arranged a line up sure to satisfy the hardest ravers. This month, Hybrid Minds and Stanza will be headlining the event, and we have the best of local Bristol based talent in Range & Kable, Phantom, Karmein & Dubbz. Hosting the party will be Carasel, Texas, Akespeare & Kaydan.

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Awon & Phoniks – Natural High

Natural High is the first single off the forthcoming EP by Awon entitled “Matte Black”. Like the album, Natural High takes a more personal approach from Awon. The song deals with the task of maintaining a relationship while perusing his own dreams. He exposes his own flaws while pointing out the positive aspects of his lady. While this track may seem like a typical and smug ode to the opposite sex, it is quite deceptive in its own right. This song is developed with the streets in mind. Phoniks laces the track with cuts and his signature bass heavy jazz style of production. Sit back, relax and go on this journey with Awon & Phoniks.

Awon & Phoniks are a hip hop duo from Newport News, Virginia and Portland, Maine, respectively. The duo is known for their slick rhymes and soulful, jazzy productions. In July 2013 they released their critically acclaimed debut album “Return to the Golden Era” on Bandcamp and vinyl through France-based Sergent Records. Since their initial success they went on to release the album “Dephacation” along with Virginia emcee Dephlow this May. The group has remained relatively quiet over the summer but are gearing up to release Awon’s solo EP “Matte Black” this winter followed up by another collaborative LP in Summer 2015.

Words: Alex Dunlow

Aaron Cohen Drops ‘You Wouldn’t Know’ (EP)

Everybody needs a reality check. You might think you’re on the cusp of popping off, but if you’re reaching on a daily basis, you might get called out by NYC’s very own Aaron Cohen and his belief that y’all “Ain’t Shit.” The latest joint from the Inner City Kids crew member, the video features the rapper, his posse, and a disguised figure in a gorilla suit mobbing the streets, as director Goldrush captures their antics in a minimalistic fashion. Hard body production from Kemal, and a dope Taxi Driver sample aside, the video is Cohen at his prime, continuing a reoccurring theme of simplicity that can be found throughout his discography. “Ain’t Shit” is the debut video taken from AC’s au-gratis EP, You Wouldn’t Know, which is now available. Peep the video and get a crash course on Aaron Cohen by checking his latest project via SoundCloud or AudioMack.

Words: Alex Dunlow

Fashawn – Golden State of Mind (Feat. Dom Kennedy) @fashawn

Produced by Exile, “Golden State of Mind” ft Dom Kennedy is the first single off of Fashawn’s forthcoming album The Ecology slated for 2015 release.

This single will also be featured on the Mass Appeal Vol. I coming to you soon.

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